Auction 139, Lot 215

"City of Washington", Tanner, Henry Schenck

Subject: Washington, D.C.

Period: 1836 (dated)

Publication: A New Universal Atlas

Color: Hand Color

15.3 x 12.3 inches
38.9 x 31.2 cm

This finely engraved plan of the Capital names all major streets and buildings; notably, the President's House, Capitol Square, the Navy Yard, Judiciary Square and the Patent Office & National Institute. The Mall is mostly blank as construction on the Washington Monument did not start until 1848. Also the Smithsonian Institute, which wasn't established until 1846, is not yet mentioned. Extensive table at lower left lists and keys to map numerous important buildings, e.g. the Capitol, State Department, Departments of War, Navy, and Treasury. Tanner’s single green decorative border indicating a published date circa 1845. Engraved vignette depicts "Plan of the Principal Floor of the Capitol Building."

References: Phillips (DC) #PW-127.

Condition: B+

Original color with light toning and some small, faint spots.

Estimate: $275 - $350

Sold for: $140

Closed on 2/15/2012